NBA Finals MVP: Is Steph Curry a Top-5 Player of All Time With a Finals MVP This Season?

With so much focus on this year's NBA Finals and the potential Finals MVP award, experts are asking where exactly Steph Curry sits among the all-time greats. What about if he gets his first NBA Finals MVP? Let's take a look.
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NBA Finals MVP: Is Steph Curry a Top-5 Player of All Time With a Finals MVP This Season?

We already know that Steph Curry is the best shooter we have ever seen in the game of basketball. It is time to take it a step farther. It is finally time we start talking about Curry being on the Mount Rushmore of the NBA.

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Steph Curry's Early Years: Road to Greatness

Steph Curry was drafted 7th overall to the Golden State Warriors back in 2009 after an impressive run in the March Madness tournament with Davidson. He picked up right where he left off once he got to the NBA, averaging 17.5, 4.5 and 6 on a struggling Warriors team. He steadily improved over the next few seasons and when the Warriors drafted him some help with the likes of Klay Thompson and Draymond Green in the coming years, they would then make and win their first NBA Finals in 2015. Then, the Warriors would win two more titles, but the one award that always escaped Curry was a NBA Finals MVP.

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2022 NBA Finals: Can the Warriors Dynasty Continue?

Steph Curry currently finds himself down 2-1 in the NBA Finals to the Boston Celtics, but that is no fault of his own. He is currently averaging 31.3 points per game on 48.7% shooting from 3. Keep in mind that he has been doing so while facing double teams virtually the entire series from the No. 1 ranked defense in the NBA. He has also shown immense improvement on the defensive end, averaging over two steals per game and no longer being the defensive liability he once was early in his career. So, if Steph was able to take control of this series and lead his team to a Finals win and earn that Finals MVP he has been searching for his whole career, does he make that leap into the 5 greatest basketball players of all time? Let’s look at some of his accolades if he were to finish the job this year:

  • 4x NBA champ
  • 2x Regular season MVP (1 unanimous)
  • 1 NBA Finals MVP (pending)
  • Only Player in NBA History with an unanimous MVP award
  • 2x NBA Scoring Champ
  • Most 3-pointers made in NBA History
  • 8x All Star
  • 8x All NBA Selections
  • Led Warriors to the best Regular Season record ever (73-9 in 2016)
  • Changed the way teams look at the 3-point shot as part of their offense

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What does an NBA Finals MVP Mean?

It seems like Steph is nowhere near slowing down. He is averaging almost the exact same stats now as he was when most people considered him back in his prime (2016). All while doing it the “old-fashioned way” and staying with one team instead of abandoning ship to go ring chasing like some other NBA superstars that we know. 

Nobody has been putting Steph up there in those all-time ranks just yet, but it is time we acknowledge that he is close and can potentially make that jump as early as this season.

Coming back and defeating this athletic and talented Boston Celtics team is going to be challenging, but if there is anyone in the NBA right now that you can trust to get the job done, it is Stephen Curry.


Griffin is from Emerson, New Jersey. He graduated from Bergen Catholic High School and is entering his senior year at Brown University where he plays safety for the football team.


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